Thushari Jayasekera

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Thushari Jayasekera is a Sri Lankan American actress, performer, and writer.[1]

Biography[edit]

Thushari is an American actress of South Asian origin. As a child, she moved with her parents to the United States. She was born in Sri Lanka and raised in the U.S. state of California. She attended Stanton Elementary School, Sandburg Middle School and Glendora High School.(In a broader sense of ethnicity she belongs to the South Asian-East Indian Americans category with an American attitude with traditional cultural style.)Thushari was always drawn to performing and writing. She wrote skits and monologues for herself and friends to perform. She wrote and still writes poetry and questions serious situations in the world and writes little solutions. She has acted in independent films such as the Yal Devi, Man Without A Head, and in American & Sri Lankan-American Stage productions including a role as one of the female leads in the dramas Parasthawa & Doopatha presented by the Drama Circle of California(SLADCC).[2]

After her determination and persistence in the Los Angeles entertainment industry, she qualified to join a performer's union. Currently she is a member of SAG-AFTRA.

She has created several independent projects for public broadcast like the Original Recipe which is a variety show with skits, interviews, and music as well as Jelly Noose. Now Jelly Noose is a blog that delivers non-urgent news around town with a Sri Lankan American flavor.[3] She launched a mini-zine titled Apsara[4] which highlights information in the South Asian Community. Currently, she writes and performs original performance arts pieces using words, dance and movement. A well known piece is where she uses actual rain as a metaphor[5] She, also, writes poetry and short stories.[6] She is an announcer/emcee at festivals and events in Southern California and brings her personal style to hosting a show.[7] She is best known for her good acting work, volunteering, community outreach work and outspokeness.[2][3]

Her breakthrough role in prime-time television is that of Pinky on NBC Universal network's sitcom Outsourced 2010-2011. She is a Hollywood entertainment product.

Activities[edit]

She volunteered with Rain Bird Corporation to decorate their Rose Parade floats.[8] In 2003, her suggestion "Water Wonderland" was picked for the title of that year's award winning float. In November 2006, she visited Sri Lanka for the first time after living in the USA, and felt love for the land and the people. She was invited to entertain at a local "Housewives Association's Annual Christmas Event" where they help others come up in society. "Even though I was not a Mrs. yet, I was invited to be Mrs. Clause and announce/emcee at the event. I was recommended by a lady who has seen me act in a play in the U.S., I was really excited and it was so cool. Also, interacting with people who live life in Lanka helped me understand their condition a little better, I talked to anyone who would talk to me from the 3 wheeler drivers, security guards, students, soldiers on leave, store clerks, and the potential of the country is tremendous, only if they choose to exercise that potential..."[9] Also, through a friend of the family, she was invited to participate in a segment of the Iraj Show. She participates in rallies to create awareness for fair labor practices for unions.

Highlights[edit]

  • Featured in the Shine on Hollywood Magazine May 2013[10]
  • Invited and named an ambassador for Rainforest Rescue's Lanka Conservation programs April 2013[11]

Film and television[edit]

  • Arrested Development, 2013 Netflix
  • Don't Trust the B* in Apartment 23, 2011 ABC
  • Oy Vey (short film)
  • Outsourced, 2010-2011 NBC/Universal
  • Red Princess Blues (short film)
  • Secret Lives of Dorks
  • Man Without A Head
  • Yal Devi released March 2009
  • the Original Recipe (public access) 2003-2006
  • the Deep Sleeper 2005

Audiobooks[edit]

  • Love Marriage: A Novel 2012, Audible Inc.

Stage Plays[edit]

  • 2009 Ramayana-adapted for the kids
  • 2008-Sketch Comedy
  • 2007-Doopatha
  • 2006-Dolige Sihinaya,
  • Stye of the Eye(Durang Durang) with the Actor's Collective at the Underground Theater,
  • Duty First
  • 2005-Parasthawa, Muwan Pellessa(stage drama in Los Angeles)

Presenter & Cast of[edit]

  • Golden Raspberry Awards 2013
  • Golden Raspberry Awards 2012

-held April 1, 2012

Web Series/Webisodes[edit]

  • Moonbound 24
  • Hollywood Wasteland
  • Double Cross

Performance art,sketch, dance and movement[edit]

She creates her own performance arts pieces and creates experimental mini story projects online.

  • Jelly Jam
  • Kundumani-Dance & Movement[12]
  • Tears in the Rain
  • Talk It Out

External links[edit]

  • [4] Good Actress
  • [5] Creating SAG awareness near Oscars 2009
  • [6] Artistic Video Pod Framing
  • [7] Jelly Noose
  • [8] Apsara
  • [9] Rain Dance
  • [10] Poetry
  • [11] Rose Parade

Articles

2012

  • [12] 2012 Razzie Awards on Diversity News Magazine

2011

  • [13] on Starshine Mag and Sandy-Lo.com

2010

  • [14] at Hollywood Actor Prep/Dana Kaminski

At Events

Zimbio images by Kevin Frazer and Kevin Winter of Getty Images

  • [16] Life Magazine 2011
  • [17] Emmy Awards 2011 Diversity News Magazine
  • [18] Tasty Awards Diversity News/Examiner
  • [19] at Birthday Party

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